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Identifying Spiders

Guides to Spider Identification

Most British spiders can be identified using the following books and guides. Some species require specialist skills and a microscope, particularly those belonging to the 'money-spider' family, the Linyphiidae. Some of the books are out of print but can usually be found by searching the internet for second-hand copies.

  • House and Garden Spiders by L.Bee & R.Lewington, a foldout sheet published by the Field Studies Council, OP69, 2002
  • Harvestmen of the british Isles by P. Richards, a foldout sheet published by the Field Studies Council, OP140 2005.
  • Collins Field Guide: Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe by Michael J. Roberts. 450 species illustrated by colour plates and drawings; published by Harper Collins, 1995
  • The Country Life Guide to spiders of Britain and Northern Europe by Dick Jones. 350 species illustrated by photographs - an excellent accompaniment to the Collins Guide; published by Country Life Books/Hamlyn, 1983 but now out-of-print.
  • The Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland by Michael J.Roberts. Vols I, II, 1985, III 1987. Lavishly produced three-volume work; published by Harley Books
  • The Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland Compact Edition, by Michael J.Roberts, published by Harley Books, 1993
  • British Spiders by G.H.Locket and A.F.Millidge. Vol I 1951, Vol II 1953, published by Ray Society of London.
  • British Spiders by G.H.Locket, A.F.Millidge and P.Merrett. Vol III 1974, published by Ray Society of London.
  • Keys to Families of British Spiders by L.M.Jones-Walters, AIDGAP Guide, Field Studies Council No. 197, published by the Field Studies Council, 1989.

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